FACTORS INFLUENCING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF GIRLS IN KENYA CERTIFICATE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION (K.C.P.E) IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN KENYA: A CASE OF LAARE DIVISION, MERU COUNTY.
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Education for Girl child is facing a major challenge in primary schools even at
backdrop of massive enrolment in primary following free primary education. This has
obvious implications on progressive welfare of a girl child. This study sought to
investigate factors affecting academic performance  of girls in Kenya Certificate of
Primary Education in public schools in Laare Division, Meru County. The
respondents were randomly selected and they comprised of teachers and
pupils. Data was gathered through questionnaires and analyzed using Statistical
Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software programme. The findings were
presented in form of graphs, charts and tables. It was found that rewards, economic
wellbeing of parents and women role models had positive influence on academic
performance of girls. It was recommended that there is need to educate girls on
dangers of pre-marital sex and early marriage. The  study recommends that punitive
action be taken by law enforcers on members of society who sexually offend minors
leading to pregnancies. Regarding women role models, it is recommended that
schools should invite academically successful women as motivational speakers in
schools to inspire young learners. Schools should reward girls for good performance
to motivate them. Light punishment as behavioural correction strategy is important to
keep the girls in track with their academic goal. The study concludes that women
academic role models and rewards have positive impact on girls’ academic
performance while punishments and teenage pregnancies have adverse effect